Bilateral Cochlear Implants If one is good, are two better?
If you have heard of bilateral cochlear implants, you might be curious if having two hearing implants is right for you.
In fact, most cochlear implant (CI) candidates consider getting implants in both ears at some point during the evaluation process.
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The Burdens Adults Face
People who hear with only one ear often report the following:
The Burdens Children Face
Children with unilateral hearing are especially affected:
Hear with Two Ears & Bilateral Cochlear Implants
After getting a second cochlear implant, some recipients report that they:
- Feel more ‘balanced’ and connected to their environment because they can hear on both sides.
- Put less effort into managing difficult environments, for example, by positioning themselves so that their “good ear” is closer to a particular sound source.
- Experience less fatigue at the end of the day.
“less exhaustion and more energy to hear”
is an important or very important benefit
of having a second CI.6
Benefits reported by bilateral cochlear implant users often include:
- Better speech understanding in noise
- Finding it easier to follow group conversations
- The ability to tell where sounds are coming from
- Less listening effort and less everyday fatigue
- Less social isolation
- Overall improvement in their quality of life